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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator


Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Aptos High


831-728-7832 ext. 5186

 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477


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Scholarship List


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March  2020

 Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Scholarship Application

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: March 30, 2020

Update: They will accepted unofficial transcripts. 


1. Applicant must live within the boundaries of Pajaro Valley Unified School District

2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.

3. Applicant must demonstrate positive-impact involvement in some form of community service.

4. Applicant must be accepted in trade or post-secondary institution.


Tzu Chi Scholars 

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: March 31, 2020

Criteria:Applicant demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses. Is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent, minimum 3.0 GPA, plans to enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year


Gen Giammanco Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Minimum $500    Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Gen Giammanco Foundation provides financial support to deserving college bound student athletes who exhibit the passion and commitment to achieve their dreams of both scholastic and athletic success. Criteria: The student athletes that are eligible for assistance must be high school students who reside in Monterey County, Santa Cruz County or students who attend Terra Linda or Ventura High School. Eligible students must intend to continue their education and athletic career at a junior college, college or university. Funding of a Gen Giammanco Foundation (GGF) Award is contingent on the student athlete becoming a member of an NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or CCCAA athletic team. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's leadership, sportsmanship, community service, academic record and financial need. Some GGF Awards may be renewed upon application provided the student athlete continues to meet the above stated criteria.

Aviation Scholarships

Amount: TBD      Deadline: March 31 and September 30

Would you like to learn to fly airplanes or train to become an airplane mechanic?   Interested in pursuing an aviation related career or want to further your aviation education. Criteria: 16 to 25 year old, Resident of Watsonville, Freedom, Aromas, or Moss Landing, Legal resident or citizen of the United States and Proficient in English (required by the Federal Aviation Administration)

April  2020

MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2020

Eligible applicants must be entering or already pusuing a college degree and have ties to Santa Cruz County. Preference will be given to: (1) students who will pursue a military career,  (2) students whose parents, grandparents or sibling have served or are serving in the military and (3) students who are closely related to a Military Officers Association Santa Cruz member


Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: April 1, 2020

The scholarship will be awarded to one high school or university student. Essay: How do you envision using your interests, skills, and career in technology to make the world a better place?


  • Must be a current high school or college student.
  • Must be a woman.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
  • All GPAs will be considered.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply

Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: April 6 , 2020

Applicants must be a high school graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and reside in California in Monterey, Riverside, San Benito or Santa Cruz county. 2. Applicants must submit an essay of not more than 500 words that relates to Ocean Mist Farms Guiding Values of Integrity, Quality, Passion and Success. 3. Applicants must include two letters of reference, one from a school teacher and another from counselor, coach, employer, etc. 4. Applicants must provide proof of higher education acceptance and enrollment before scholarship award is awarded. Transcripts, acceptance letter or proof of registration will qualify 5. There is no age requirement or restriction. 6. An interview may be required and will be determined during application review process. 7. Work experience, community service, club participation, awards and extracurricular activities will be taken into consideration. 9. Participation in a Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Annual Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival. Saturday event tickets awarded to recipient and four family members.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Zeta Epsilon Chapter Scholarship

Amount:TBD  Deadline: April 6,  2020

Criteria: Female student going into the education field

Update: Please submit application to Laura at



Amount:TBD Deadline: April 9th by 3:10pm

 Please submit application via email to Lisa Cottle  at

The applicant will be a current year Watsonville High School woman graduate. The applicant displays characteristics of maturity and motivation to further her education. The applicant has been accepted to a two or four year college or university, as a full-time student, with the goal of obtaining a degree. The applicant has a history of maintaining good grades, but not necessarily at the top of her class. The applicant has above average attendance record. The applicant’s income and expenses reflect a high financial need. Must be a U.S. Citizen



California School Employees Association (Pajaro Valley Chapter) Scholarship

Amount: $300  Deadline:April 10, 2020 4pm

Update: Submit your application  to

Applicant must have a parent who works for the PVUSD as a classified CSEA union member. Open to students who: are graduating seniors; must be planning on entering an accredited college (community college, trade or vocational school, and 4-year institution) by fall term after graduation; is a IRS dependent and have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a "Member in Good Standing" of the CSEA. Note: if the CSEA member parent has deceased within the past school year, being in good standing at the time of death, the applicant is still eligible. Minimum GPA 2.0

Angel Joel Montes II Scholarship

Amount:$250 Deadline: April 10, 2020

Must be a graduating senior from Watsonville High School. Preference will be given to students interested in majoring in business; however, this scholarship is open to any student entering college after graduating high school.


Amount:$1,000/renewable      Deadline: April 12, 2020 

Scholarship Requirements 1) High School Senior (graduating) 2) CA resident 3) Financial need 4) Academics (2.6 GPA and above) 5) Employment: Paid or unpaid, Community Service Extracurricular Activities. Please note that we encourage students to apply that have extraordinary circumstances in their lives as well as students who may not have the chance to attend college without financial assistance. We are looking for students that understand and exemplify the meaning of "hard work". No SS# needed


Born and Raised in Watsonville

Amount: $500 Deadline: April 17, 2020


-The applicant MUST be a current high school senior at the time of their application and planning on going to a college/university/community/technical school in the fall.

-Applicant must live in Watsonville (or surrounding areas like Pajaro, Calabasas and Pinto Lake).

-Applicant must attend the Pajaro Valley School District

There is no GPA requirement and no Social Security requirement.



Amount: $500     Deadline: April 17, 2020

Each year Bay Section CASCWA, California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance, award scholarships to deserving, graduating high school seniors who have overcome unique obstacles and difficulties.

Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 20, 2020

Santa Cruz County Seniors who have demonstrated scholastic ability, and a commitment to ocean sports(surfing, body surfing, SUP, etc.), the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship and sportsmanship.


California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 23, 2020

Submit application via email to Amie Tsang-Beck at

Each year the California Association for Bilingual Education, Pájaro Valley Chapter 66, awards several scholarships to graduating bilingual high school students.  These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of autobiographical essay questions.  All bilingual students (English and another language) are encouraged to participate in this process.


2020 Dreaming Scholarship

Amount: $2,000($1,000 per yr for 2 years) Deadline: NEW DEADLINE May 10th

Applicants must be current seniors from Watsonville High School, Watsonville CA.

Applicant must be a 2020 graduating high school senior applying for accredited post-secondary or vocational school of the Arts (i.e., Any area in Music, Theatre, Art & Design; Fashion etc.) in the year of the scholarship award.

Applicant must show proof of enrollment prior to receiving award in an accredited post-secondary institution (2 Year College/ 4 Year University) or vocational school of the Arts in the year of the scholarship award. GPA requirement of 2.0 or better

Applications are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or U.S. Residency Status


Monterey Bay CAPCA Jose Luis Mandujano Memorial Schoalrship

Amount: $1 ,000  Deadline: April 30, 2020

Must be pursuing a a Bachelors or Associate's degree  in agriculture. Must be a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito County.


2020 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2020 Extended deadline to 6/15

Update: The signature from the athletic director at WHS, PVHS, and AHS are not required for submission. Please submit unoffical transctipts.

Student must be a graduating senior varsity athlete from a high school in the Santa Cruz County with a 3.0 GPA. Intend to enroll full time at a university, college, or trade school. Must have involvement in school or community affairs and be a U.S. Citizen. Essay, Two letters of Recommendation, and Official Transcripts needed

Otis Chandler Memorial Scholarship 

Amount: 3,000 Deadline: April 30, 2020

Attend and graduate from a Santa Cruz County high school.

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning.

Must have a commitment of lifetime fitness.

Howard Marcus Memorial Scholarships

Amount: 3000 Deadline: April 30, 2020

Must be a Santa Cruz County resident.

Must post a minimum 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA.

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must plan to continue participation in one of these sports at a four-year college or university.

May 2020

Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: May 13, 2020

The Young Historian Award will be offered annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the study, conservation/preservation, or enhancement of the history of the Pajaro Valley. Open to students who: are 16-25 years of age; have not received compensation for the activity or project other than for materials, travel expenses or other out-of-pocket costs related to the activity or project; have not received the Young Historians Award.


Caring Essay Scholarship for High School Juniors and Seniors

Amount: $100 - $350                Deadline: May 15, 2020

Criteria: Opens: March 15, 2020

1. Choose one category: Children, Animals, Reforestation or Elderly. 

2. Write a 500 or more word essay addressing the caring actions you would take to

make change for the better in your chosen category. Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2020

Visual Contest- Please review website for details


  • Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school
  • Aged sixteen (16) years or older
  • Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome


B. Davis Scholarship

Amount:$1,000             Deadline: May 22, 2020

Essay open to high school juniors and seniors. See site for topic. Submissions must be sent by email to

June 2020

Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: June 1, 2020

Criteria: LGBTQIA+ identifying or an ally who is directly involved with the LGBTQIA+ club at their school or in their community, senior in good standing attending an accredited high school in PVUSD this academic year, on track to graduate with a 2.5 GPA or higher, enroll full-time (12 or more units) in a higher education institution in the fall of 2020

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2020

3.0 GPA or higher, must attend an accredited university in the U.S.A in the fall.



Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.


Monterey County Hospitality Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  


AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit for more information


Last updated 1/27/2019




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E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


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